Kitchen worktop joints

18 Jun 2007
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United Kingdom
Hi folks,

Was doing the rounds of the usual diy store suspects at the weekend looking at worktops and it got me thinking about worktop joints....

Now for a long time I was thinking of doing the butt and scribe joint which seems to make sense on a worktop with a rounded front edge....

However the worktops I am looking at have square front edges and I noticed in places like Wickes / B&Q they had literally just butted them up to each other at right angles with straight edges.

Is this just a lazy way to do it because they are only display kitchens, or is this a suitable way to join such worktops?

Are there any pros (apart from being a lot easier) or cons to using this method as opposed to the butt and scribe method?

(Hope I explained everything ok).

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I cant see the problem in that to be fair but im not a kitchen fitted. I guess they'd used biscuits as well and maybe worktop clamps
Not sure at the moment, have looked at both solid wood and laminate...

Will this make a difference?
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If you use scribe the joints (with router and jig) you are machining both joints for a perfect fit. If you just butt the joints you are assuming the edges of you new worktop are perfect. They won't be

Hope this helps

Also you can buy adjustable worktop jigs so if you kitchen is out of square you machine joints to suit
I asked of material as I've never seen a laminate worktop with a straight front edge. The rolled edge of course allows the laminated layer to transition from worktop to work front via a radiused form. I cannot see how the same could be achieved on a 90 degree edge unless it were two pieces ... that would introduce great chance for the front edge to be caught / chipped along the transition edge, while also I would believe introduce greater risk of moisture penetration to the core.
you can have a laminate worksurface with a square or postform edge - most of the square edge ones I've seen are in two pieces. It could also be a composite worksurface. Any chipboard core surface is going to be damaged if not installed or looked after correctly

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